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Packard Bell EasyNote TV review

A low-cost choice, but one with plenty to merit a purchase

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Decent build quality
  • Average battery life
  • Price

Against

  • Performance
  • Gaming performance
  • Numeric keypad

Parent company Acer recently announced it had repositioned Packard Bell right at the budget end of the market. We were surprised to hear of the change of direction because it always seemed to us that Packard Bell was already there.

Still, Exhibit A from Packard Bell's new era is the EasyNote TV, which was launched alongside its sibling, the new EasyNote TE.

Priced at £399, this particular version of the EasyNote TV represents great value for money, but it's also hobbled by compromises with a couple of key specifications.

The 15.6-inch screen is a really lovely size, but is lacking in definition, with a maximum resolution of 1,366 x 768. Compared to many Full HD displays it seems a little fuzzy on close inspection.

Poor Intel integrated graphics don't help, and the system produces an average to poor gaming benchmark result.

Key compromises

Packard Bell EasyNote TV

The other disappointment is the processor. It's a dual-core 2.2GHz Pentium B960. It may have been released in the latter half of 2011, but it didn't perform well in our performance benchmarks. For all Intel's preaching about its newer Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, it beggars belief that the company still insists on keeping the Pentium name rolling.

Our performance and gaming benchmark results were even more disappointing considering that other models in the EasyNote TV line-up will have Intel Core i3 or i5 processors as well as Nvidia GeForce GT620M and GT630M graphics, which means our review model has a long way to look up.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 162 minutes
Cinebench: 6,651
3DMark 2006: 2,733

That's not to say this model is a disaster - these compromises have, of course, been made to hit the price point and, compared to many other laptops at this price, the EasyNote TV isn't too shabby. The chiclet keyboard is pleasant enough to use, though we found the numeric keypad a bit of a pain as we kept hitting those keys by mistake instead of Backspace and Enter - still we're sure we'd get used to it.

We wouldn't say it's a keyboard you'd want to be typing on for hours, but it is still perfectly comfortable for tasks such as typing the occasional letter and sending email. The trackpad and mouse buttons are also comfortable for such a budget model.

Elsewhere, connectivity is excellent and as well as the new HDMI video output standard, you also get a VGA port for connecting to older displays. You also get three USB ports and an SD card slot in addition to the headphone and microphone jacks you'd expect.

The sound quality is, however, poor for a sizeable machine. We'd heard less tinny sound from Ultrabooks and there's not a huge amount of power behind it, either.

We genuinely liked the EasyNote TV. So it's a little underpowered and the screen isn't the best, but for simple tasks and non-intensive working it's a great choice at the in-demand £399 price point.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEasyNote TV11HC
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelB960
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NamePackard Bell
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.60 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM70 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height33.2 mm
Width381.6 mm
Depth253 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTV11HC
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelENTV11HC-B9604G50Mnks
Product NameEasyNote ENTV11HC-B9604G50Mnks Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEasyNote
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNX.C1QEK.001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The Packard Bell EasyNote Series delivers a wide range of smart notebook solutions and fantastic style that you can call your own. Easy usability and maximized features for all-around digital enjoyment combine with a chic look and feel. The result is an exciting product that meets modern needs perfectly and reflects expressive personality. In a market in which PCs have become a commodity, end-users look for products that fully fit their needs and reflect who they are.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • EasyNote ENTV11HC-B9604G50Mnks Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter